Ashton Kutcher came to prominence thanks to his starring role in the hit comedy sitcom That ’70s Show, and as he prepares to return to the spin-off series That ’90s Show, he recently spoke about just how much the original series means to him.
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“It was really nostalgic to be back on the set,” Kutcher said to Variety recently. “It’s all the same folks that made That ’70s Show, so it was pretty bizarre.”
Kutcher went on to mention that he and his wife, Mila Kunis — whom he met while she was also starring in That ’70s Show — felt obligated to return to the property, which Kutcher says is a large reason for both actors being in the positions they are in now.
“Mila and I were contemplating it,” Kutcher said. “We thought, ‘Listen, we’re only in the position that we’re in because of that show, so let’s just go back and do this. We just went back and had fun for a week. It was so random and fun.”
While Kutcher didn’t say too much about the upcoming show, he did praise the new cast as being “phenomenal” and said the show is “really funny” so far.
That ’90s Show comes from the original series creators Bonnie and Terry Turner. Producers for the project are reportedly hoping that other familiar characters from That ’70s Show will make guest appearances on the new series. Ten episodes of the series have been ordered for the multi-cam spin-off. Gregg Mettler will serve as showrunner. Bonnie and Terry Turner, Lindsey Turner, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner will executive produce.
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That ’70s Show debuted in 1998 and ran for eight seasons until 2006. In addition to Smith and Rupp, the series also starred Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama. Previous cast member Danny Masterson is currently set to stand trial for three rape charges in Los Angeles.